The first draft imposing the Hindi language had said,“In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6, so long as they study the three languages by students in the Hindi speaking states would continue to include Hindi and English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India, while the study of languages by students in the Hindi- Speaking states would include the regional language, Hindi and English.”
The Centre then decided to tweak the education policy following the backlash on the imposition of the Hindi language. Even though the Centre has removed specific references to Hindi, however the three language formula will still stay.
The new draft now reads “In keeping with the principle of flexibility, students who wish to change one or more of the three languages they are studying may do so in Grade 6 or Grade 7, as long as they are able to still demonstrate profiency in three languages (one language at the literature level) in their modular Board Examinations some time during the secondary school (see P4.9.5).”
The draft National Education Policy (NEP) uses a “5+3+3+4” system of education instead of the traditional 10+2 system wherein, a four year long period of study for undergraduate honours courses, and a free and compulsory schooling policy right from pre-school till Class 12.
“Don’t test the patience of Tamils. DMK will fiercely oppose any attempt at any point in time to impose any language policy that could affect the two language system in Tamil Nadu. We urge the Union BJP- led government not to play with sentiments of Tamil people. In a diverse country like India,we believe that the Central Government will not pass any legislation without due consultation with all parties concerned.”
The recommendations drew sharp reactions especially from Tamil Nadu’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and actor Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam.
Newly appointed External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday said that the state governments will be consulted before a final decision is taken on the issue.
“The National Education Policy as submitted to the minister HRD is only a draft report. Feedbacks shall be obtained from general public. State Governments will be consulted. Only after this the draft report will be finalised. Gol respects all languages. No langauge will be imposed,” he said.
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